All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final – Kerry 2-19 Meath 1-14

Kerry defeated Meath by 2-19 to 1-14 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final on Saturday August 5th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Kerry crowned All-Ireland Junior Football Champions

Kerry 2-19 Meath 1-14

Report By Jason O’Connor for

KERRY’S dominance at All-Ireland Junior Football level continued in Portlaoise today as despite Meath doing their best to prevent a third consecutive title going the Kingdom’s way, the Royals could not match their more potent firepower when it mattered.

The defending champions started with the first three points of the game but gained a significant lead of 1-5 to 0-3 after 14 minutes when Conor Cox punished Meath goalkeeper Johnny Lynch for the game’s first goal.

Meath responded well through some impressive scores from Ben Brennan and were denied two goal chances themselves before half-time, Pa Kilkenny blocking Adam Flanagan from close range while Kerry goalkeeper Tomas Mac an tSaoir saved well from Neil Shortall in the 24th minute as their lead was 1-8 to 0-7 at half-time. Both sides traded scores after the restart but the decisive moment for Kerry would come in the 43rd minute with their second goal.

Phillip O’Connor found Tomas Ó Sé with a great high ball as the corner-forward managed to fist home for a 2-12 to 0-9 lead. Meath didn’t drop their heads but it was always going to be an uphill task from there, James Conlon scoring four points off the subs bench as Cox led the way on the scoring front for Kerry with a total of 1-8, three coming from frees.

Meath had a late consolation goal through Seán Reilly to make the scoreboard look a bit better but it was a score they could have done with much earlier in proceedings as Mac an tSaoir showed he hadn’t lost his concentration in pulling off another save before the end.

Eanna Ó Conchúir’s dismissal mattered little for the victors before the end as Kerry’s win is their 18th title overall at this level putting them one ahead of Cork on the Roll of Honour after a thrilling extra-time win for the Kingdom over the Rebels in the Munster Final of this competition in advance.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cox (1-8, 3f), T Ó Sé (1-2), K Spillane and P O’Connor (0-3 each), P Kilkenny E Ó Conchúir and I Parker (0-1 each).

Scorers for Meath: B Brennan (0-6, 2 ‘45’, 1f), J Conlon (0-4), S Reilly (1-0), D Rowe, W Carry, K Ross and D Healy (0-1 each).

KERRY: Tomas Mac an tSaoir, Eamon Kiely, Jack McGuire, Brian Sugrue; James Walsh, Pa Kilkenny, Dan O’Brien; Roibeard Ó Sé, Brendan O’Sullivan; Phillip O’Connor, Jeff O’Donoghue, Éanna Ó Conchúir; Killian Spillane, Conor Cox, Tomas Ó Sé
Subs: Liam Carey for O’Donoghue (38), Michéal Foley for Kilkenny (51), Stephen O’Sullivan for Cox (57), Ivan Parker for O’Sullivan (59), PJ Mac Laimh (An Gaeltacht) for Walsh (60), DJ Murphy (Gneeveguilla) for Kiely (60 +2)

MEATH: Johnny Lynch, Adam Lynch, Luke Moran, Michael Flood; David Toner, Damien Healy, Willie Carry; Adam Flanagan, Conor Farrell; Neil Shortall, Kevin Ross, Cathal McConnell; Jason Scully, Daire Rowe, Ben Brennan
Subs: James Conlon for Scully (19), Stephen Coogan for Ross (41), Seán Reilly for Farrell (46), Ciaran O’Rourke for Carry (49), Conor Moriarty for Shortall (52), Jason Scully for Rowe (57).

Referee: John Hickey (Carlow)

Team News

Kerry (JFC v Meath): Tomás Mac an tSaoir; Eamonn Kiely, Jack McGuire, Brian Sugrue; James Walsh, Pa Kilkenny, Daniel O’Brien; Roibéard Ó Sé, Brendan O’Sullivan; Philip O’Connor, Jeff O’Donoghue, Eanna Ó Conchúir; Killian Spillane, Conor Cox, Tomás Ó Sé. Subs: Billy Courtney, Liam Carey, Stephen O’Sullivan, Ivan Parker, Dara Ó Sé, Michael Foley, P.J. Mac Lámh, Graham O’Sullivan, D.J. Murphy.

Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-22 Louth 2-9

Kerry defeated Louth by 1-22 to 2-9 in the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 5th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Kerry overpower Louth in Electric Ireland All-Ireland MFC Quarter-Final

Kerry 1-22 Louth 2-9

Report By Jason O’Connor for

While not a vintage display Kerry won a 22nd consecutive game at Minor level to reach Croke Park once more. Louth managed to find their way through the Kerry defence on two occasions for goals although they would still lose out by 10 points in the end.

1-6 in a strong period between the sixth and the 15th minute was a big factor in Kerry’s win as team captain David Clifford finished with nine points (three frees) in their win.

Donnachadh O’Sullivan scored Kerry’s goal in the eighth minute to put them 1-3 in front before Louth registered their first score a minute later but it was the switch of Brian Friel to centre-forward along with the prowess of Diarmuid O’Connor and Barry Mahony at midfield that were key factors in Kerry’s win.

Louth had to rely on Ciaran Keenan and John Gallagher for inspiration and both were involved in the Leinster side’s first goal right before half-time. Gallagher took advantage of a lapse in the Kerry defence to find Keenan who buried the ball past Deividas Uosis to make the half-time score 1-11 to 1-5 for the Kingdom.

Kerry restarted with the first three points of the second period but despite a black card for Louth’s Conor Morgan, his replacement Conor Nicholson was on hand to give Eoghan Callaghan the pass for Louth’s second goal in the 39th minute as the score looked interesting at 1-14 to 2-6. The Munster Champions weren’t panicking however as Fiachra Clifford put over two patient points in sending Kerry back on their way to another tilt at the Tommy Markham Cup.

Cavan will be Kerry’s opponents in the All-Ireland Semi-Final in two weeks time but Roscommon must first be negotiated by the team’s U-17 contingent in next Saturday’s All-Ireland U-17 Semi-Final in Ennis.

Scorers for Kerry: D Clifford (0-9, 3f), B Friel (0-5, 1f), Donnachadh O’Sullivan (1-1), Donal O’Sullivan (0-3, 1f), F Clifford (0-2), N Donohoe and M Slattery (0-1 each)

Scorers for Louth: C Keenan (1-3, 2f), J Gallagher (0-6, 4f) and E Callaghan (1-0)

KERRY: Deividas Uosis; Sean O’Leary, Chris O’Donoghue, Cian Gammell; Michael Potts, Eddie Horan, Niall Donohoe; Barry Mahony, Diarmuid O’Connor, Adam O’Donoghue, David Clifford, Donal O’Sullivan, Fiachra Clifford, Donnachadh O’Sullivan, Brian Friel
Subs: Dylan Casey for S O’Leary (41), Patrick Warren for Donoghue (46), Ryan O’Neill for Horan (47), Michael Slattery for Donal O’Sullivan (52), Ciaran O’Reilly for Donnachadh O’Sullivan (54) and Michael O’Leary for Potts (56)

LOUTH: Alan McGauley; Alan Connor, Dean McGreehan, Dan Corcoran; Leonard Grey, Nicky Browne, James O’Reilly; Liam Jackson, Conor Morgan; Gerry Garland, Conor Gillespie, Eoghan Callaghan; Ben Mooney, Cathal Keenan, John Gallagher Subs: Conor Nicholson for Moran (BC, 35), Fergal Malone for Gillespie, Jack Murphy for Browne (both 47), Shane Hickey for Garland (50), Keelan O‘Neill for Mooney (58)

Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Final – Galway 1-22 Tipperary 0-10

Galway defeated Tipperary by 1-22 to 0-10 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 5th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Galway make smooth progress to last four

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

Galway 1-22 Tipperary 0-10

A STUNNING opening quarter laid the groundwork for Galway as they charted a comfortable path to the last four of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.

The result of the opening quarter-final at Semple Stadium would have ensured that Mark Dunne’s players were extremely wary of the Tipperary threat and they laid down a marker from the beginning, streaking into a 0-10 to 0-0 lead despite playing into the wind.

Tipperary did show plenty of spirit however and did extremely well to peg back the westerners to a seven-point margin at the interval, when they trailed by 0-12 to 0-5.

Orla O’Dwyer reduced that by one more 35 seconds after the resumption but with the wind at their backs and the speed and movement of their forwards creating so many opportunities, there was no way that Brian Boyle’s crew were likely to prevail having started so poorly.

It was all too easy for the westerners early on as the McGrath sisters Orlaith and Niamh got on the scoresheet, with the youngest of the four siblings on the squad Siobhán causing carnage and adding two of her own later on.
Maria Cooney and Niamh Kilkenny also shot a pair of points each, while Ailish O’Reilly punished Tipp’s defensive indiscretions clinically, converting four from four placed balls.

Ciardha Maher finally got Tipp on the board in the 21st minute, after Sarah Healy had saved Mary Ryan’s hand-passed attempt at goal and that seemed to settle the home side. Cáit Devane, Orla O’Dwyer, Mairéad Teehan and Maher also found their range to give their side hope at the break.

O’Dwyer’s second score added to that optimism but when O’Reilly profited from a neat touch by Aoife Donohue to calmly place a ground shot beyond Orla McEniry for a goal and it was over from that juncture.

Ann Marie Starr, Niamh McGrath, Donohue and the graceful Kilkenny kept the scoreboard ticking over and though Devane, Megan Ryan and Róisín Howard did earn some reward for their efforts, the margin would have been much greater but for the 11 wides Galway recorded as they became a little self-indulgent with the game in the bag.
Notably, the Galway defence kept up their intensity and workrate throughout, pulling off a range of hooks and blooks and forcing numerous turnovers.

Tara Kenny and Heather Cooney were magnificent in that regard with the former earning the Player of the Match award, although there were plenty other contenders.

In the end, both sides introduced a host of subs as the game fizzled to its inevitable conclusion but while Tipperary will be disappointed that they didn’t ask more questions of Galway, the Tribeswomen appear hellbent on adding to their haul of two All-Ireland titles, and winning their first since 2013.

SCORERS FOR GALWAY: A O’Reilly 1-7(0-6fs, 0-1 45); N Kilkenny 0-4; N McGrath 0-3; M Cooney, S McGrath 0-2 each; O’McGrath, A M Starr, A Donohue, C Finnerty 0-1 each

SCORERS FOR TIPPERARY: C Devane 0-3(2fs), Ciardha Maher 0-2, O O’Dwyer 0-2, M Teehan 0-1, Megan Ryan 0-1, R Howard

GALWAY: Sarah Healy, S Dervan, R Black, T Kenny, H Cooney, R Hennelly, L Ryan, O McGrath, A M Starr, N McGrath, M Cooney, N Kilkenny, A Donohue, A O’Reilly, S McGrath
Subs: N Hanniffy for Cooney (51), C McGrath for Black (55), Shauna Healy for Kenny (56), C Finnerty for Donohue (58), N Coen for S McGrath 58)

TIPPERARY: O McEniry, C Walsh, G Grace, J A Bourke, A McGrath, Caoimhe Maher, C Quirke, E Fryday, Megan Ryan, O O’Dwyer, C Devane, N Walsh, Mary Ryan, R Howard, Ciardha Maher
Subs: M Teehan for McGrath temp (23, McGrath for Fryday 33), T Ryan for Caoimhe Maher (37), E Loughman for Bourke (37), M Campion for Walsh (53)

REFEREE: O Elliott (Antrim)

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Galway v Tipperary, Semple Stadium, 7pm

In one sense, Tipperary are already in bonus territory, having waited until the last round of games to record a win that proved enough to make it through to this stage by one point on score difference against their victims, Offaly.

It was the definition of fine margins but the fact of the matter is that Tipp had been performing reasonably well, without getting the results.
Another fact is that they were in the top six last year too and were minutes away from a sensational victory over Wexford. They allowed an eight-point lead to slip and went out to a Kate Kelly injury-time point.

Lack of consistency has dogged them for a couple of years now but while Sarah Fryday is a huge loss, Cáit Devane’s return has offered more firepower, and Orla O’Dwyer, Megan Ryan and Nicole Walsh are dangerous attackers too.

Galway are on their third management team in three seasons with the retired former goal sneak Molly Dunne joining ex-Galway and Dublin hurler Niall Corcoran in Mark Dunne’s backroom staff. Much of the playing personnel is familiar however.

Niamh Kilkenny remains a driving force from the middle and along with Lorraine Ryan provides serious leadership. Ailish O’Reilly has assumed freetaking duties and is doing very well, while also retaining her eye for goal. Orlaith McGrath is in top form too while the youngest of the siblings Siobhán (Niamh and Clodagh are also on the panel) invariably contributes off the bench.

There have been some tweaks in defence with long-hitting Sarah Healy assuming the goalkeeper’s mantle from the now-retired Susan Earner.
Galway will be expected to advance to the Semi-Finals but Tipp have shown before that they can bother the very best if they put their best foot forward.

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Final
Saturday August 5th
Dublin v Wexford
Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Throw-in: 5pm
Referee: Cathal Egan (Cork)

Galway v Tipperary
Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Throw-in: 7pm
Referee: Owen Elliott (Antrim)

*Extra-time to be played in the event of a draw in either game.

Admission Prices
Adults: €10
Students/OAPs: €5
Juveniles (U18): Free

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